Jasper city students in need to receive special gifts for Christmas

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 12/21/17

Some special elves have helped Santa Claus provide toys for students in need in the Jasper City Schools system this year.

Many parents picked up wrapped …

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Jasper city students in need to receive special gifts for Christmas

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Some special elves have helped Santa Claus provide toys for students in need in the Jasper City Schools system this year.

Many parents picked up wrapped gifts from schools in Jasper this week to give their children on Christmas Day, made possible by monetary donations from parents, students, churches, school groups and other organizations in the area.

Lindsey Appling, a special education resource teacher at Memorial Park Elementary, said her mother, Teresa Kitchens, worked with Jasper High School’s student council to collect monetary donations from high school students and faculty. Appling said the donations helped purchase $1,500 in toys that were distributed at city elementary schools.

Over 100 students in need across the school system will receive special gifts and clothing this Christmas.

“It feels good to know that we as a community have come together to help these babies to have a better Christmas or even have a Christmas at all,” Appling said.

Maddox Intermediate Principal Marc Sargent said canned goods and vouchers were also given at the intermediate school, and he said the school system worked together to make sure younger students’ older brothers and sisters at Jasper High and Jasper Jr. High were not left out.

“The students also went home with coats, clothing and shoes. That was important,” Sargent said.

T.R. Simmons Principal Jonathan Allen added, “Teachers and faculty [at T.R.] chose student angels to sponsor.”

Appling said she would to thank school counselors Cathy Jones (T.R. Simmons), Deb Burton (Memorial Park) and Jenny Wilson (Maddox Intermediate) for identifying children in need at each school and finding out their clothing sizes. They prepared a list of needs, along with each child’s toy wishes.

She said she is also thankful to everyone who made a contribution to the cause, including older students.

“It’s teaching them life lessons ... and to help people,” Appling said.

The Daily Mountain Eagle did not take photographs of parents picking up gifts to protect the privacy of students; however, a large, decorative bag filled with wrapped gifts and clothing was presented to the guardian of each child identified as needing a secret Santa this holiday season. Most parents will be saving the gifts to give their children on Christmas morning.